An early Gannet


Light went quite good for my first seawatch of 2015 at lunchtime – the murk lifted and the total cloud cover meant visibility was reasonably sharp off Ainsdale for an hour or so over the high tide, with no nasty sun bouncing off the waves.
Big troughs and a meaty force 5 SWly meant it was really a game of very cold hide and seek though – remnants of the Common Scoter carpet rose and fell on the mountainous swell, and the usual divers and grebes were invisible.
Highlight was undoubtedly a crisp adult Gannet that swept in close inshore from out of the south west before drifting off north – a good early date for one on the Sefton coast (I think the earliest I’ve seen in this part of the world).
There’ll be others in a month or two.

Ainsdale 1230-1330:
Common Scoter 27
Common Gull
Herring Gull
Razorbill 1
RB Merg 6 (3,1,2)
Gannet 1

Hardly the Bridges of Ross, but the Gannet was one more genuine seabird than I’ve seen for a few months, and all the more welcome for it.
With the mega-hooley looming in the forecasts, one hopes more may be on the way….